Pre-Race Report: Spartan Beast 4/30

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I still haven’t fully accepted the fact that I’m registered for the Spartan Beast. It’s even harder to believe that it’s just a day away. I never thought that I would ever attempt this race. It’s pretty intimidating! The Spartan Beast is 12+ miles and 30+ obstacles. Once I cross the finish line, this will be the longest race I’ve completed in my short career. Just thinking about that moment makes me pretty excited but nervous at the same time. This race is no joke. The “elite” runners take three hours to finish this race. I honestly believe it will take six hours for me to finish it. I’ll have be smart throughout the entire race and ensure I don’t push myself too much. Luckily for me I’ll have my team with me so we can all help each other cross the finish line. This race is going to be so much fun, and I can’t wait to share my experience with you!

I’ve been doing a lot of preparation for this race, more so than any previous race. Yes, this is how serious of a race this is. I’ve organized all my things and checked to make sure I have everything I need. Spartan Race sent us an Athlete Guide, which definitely helped me with this process. With everything I read I decided to create a checklist for supplies. Feel free to use it for your races too. Also, if you aren’t sure what to bring or wear check out my posts by clicking on the links.

  • Photo ID (wallet)
  • Waiver
  • Confirmation Email (saved on my phone)
  • Running Shoes
  • Running Clothes (shirt, compression shorts, compression pants)
  • Flip Flops (for the after race showers)
  • Towel
  • Change of Clothes & Shoes
  • Backpack
  • Sunscreen (last year a lot of people got sunburn, I hate sunscreen, but I don’t want to burn!)
  • Sunglasses
  • Race Socks
  • Gloves (I need to break my streak of forgetting these)
  • Headlamp with batteries (required for this race)
  • Extra batteries for headlamp
  • 2 Glow Sticks (required for this race)
  • Arm Sleeves (from Sleefs)
  • Draw String Bag with 8 Nutrigrain Bars, 16 packs of fruit snacks and 1 Gatorade (not required, but food is highly recommended!)

For the other races I’ll be doing this year, I won’t need the majority of these supplies again. I’d rather be over-prepared than under-prepared for this event. There will be water stations along the way, but sometimes those stations can run out of water depending on the weather conditions. Speaking of weather conditions, let’s take a look at the weather forecast for Vernon, NJ on Saturday.

Weather Report: 65 degrees and mostly cloudy. I was hoping for 70 degrees, but at least no rain!

Well, with all of the above items packed and ready to go, it’s now time to race. I’ll post my Event Day Experience in the next mile!

Side Note: I haven’t gotten the course map yet. It might not be available until race day.

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